John Pierce Blog

Different ways, different audiences

By John D. Pierce A college introductory course in sociology of religion was very mind opening for me. It helped me to see how belief systems and institutional religious practices are shaped by cultural contexts. Factors other than the movement of God’s Spirit are at...

What is the naked truth?

By John D. Pierce The late humorist Lewis Grizzard once explained common Southern vernacular regarding nudity. “Naked,” he said, means you don’t have on clothes. “Nekkid,” however, means you don’t have on clothes — “and are up to something.” A lingering Puritan...

Weakened words

By John D. Pierce Words can lose much of their meaning when they get repeatedly misused. The words “university” and “clearance” come to mind first. Some small colleges, even those in decline, will take on the university name in an effort to enhance their reputation....

What do religious voters really want?

By John Pierce A new study from Pew Research, released yesterday, sheds light on what has become rather obvious in this and recent election cycles: a candidate’s religious identity and commitments don’t mean as much as they once did. Of course, that doesn’t keep a...

Knowing and Growing

By John D. Pierce After many months of careful contemplation, wise counsel, creative thinking and roll-up-your-sleeves crafting, the inaugural Nurturing Faith Journal is in the hands of the printer. Soon it will be in the hands of readers far and wide. Blending the...

Alice and Libby and Gene

By John D. Pierce Baptist churches often take on forms and functions assumed to be the norm or even biblically directed for all times. Such was long the case for deacons. A leadership structure evolved and solidified in many Baptist churches that placed enormous power...

Ranch life provides good ending

By John D. Pierce Including the “Nurturing Faith Experience: Yellowstone/Grand Tetons” in your winter dreaming and planning could lead to a memorable summer. This unique travel opportunity, July 9-16, will be comfortable and casual, yet well planned and simply...

Calling out ‘American Evangelicalism’

By John D. Pierce It is time, way past time, to call out “American Evangelicalism” for what it is: a political movement that simply baptizes hard-right, secular political ideology in some religious varnish. Hence, my intentional identification of this movement sans...